• Cloudy skies, moderate to heavy rainshowers over most of PH


    Government’s weather agency continued forecasting cloudiness and precipitation in the country within the next 24 hours ending 5 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 12) and cautioned about sailing in the country’s seas that are expected to be moderate to rough.

    ”The regions of Caraga and Davao will experience cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides,” Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 5 a.m. 24-hour public weather forecast released Saturday (Jan. 11).

    PAGASA also said the Visayas and the rest of Mindanao will still have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

    Rainshowers are precipitation of short duration while thunderstorms are occurrences marked by rain, lightning and thunder.

    For Luzon, PAGASA expects cloudy conditions and light rains in Cagayan Valley and Aurora province.

    ”Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms,” the agency continued.

    PAGASA made the forecast, citing existence of a low-pressure area some 680 km east of Gen. Santos City in Mindanao as of 4 a.m. Saturday.

    The northeast monsoon or “amihan” wind continues affecting Luzon, PAGASA also said.

    “Amihan” is associated with cloudiness and rains and affects the country’s eastern portions from October to late March, PAGASA noted.

    PAGASA continued urging caution when setting out to sea, noting coastal waters nationwide will be moderate to rough.

    The agency expects such sea conditions as it forecast moderate to strong winds from the northeast to prevail over the country.

    Earlier, PAGASA said the LPA entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) around 4 p.m. Friday (Jan. 10).

    If the LPA develops into a tropical depression while within PAR, PAGASA said it’ll be named “Agaton.”

    Tropical depression is one classification of tropical cyclones and is marked by wind speed of up to 63 kph, PAGASA noted. PNA


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